chapter  14
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(Re)Constructing a Spanish Red-Light District: Prostitution, Space and Power

Over the years, el barrio, the street-prostitution neighbourhood in which I conducted anthropological field research during 1990 and 1991, had accumulated myriad identities. Situated in a town on the East coast of Spain with a thriving service industry and a significant tourist base, the barrio is home to many of the town’s monuments and museums. Located at the heart of the town, it welcomes visitors to its pretty gypsy quarter where rhododendrons and geraniums flourish outside the authentic white-washed cottages.